On the BOF (the Business of Fashion) site has posted an incredibly inspiring interview with Azzedine Alaïa. Anyone who who is passionate about fashion, design, quality, craftsmanship & the integrity left remaining in this business MUST read this interview.
His Fall 2011 show, his first runway collection in 8 years was vintage Alaïa, of course, in quality of cut, technique and hand. The silhouettes are as curvaceous and sensual as ever. And, none of it ever feels derivative of his past work, but rather its all a real evolution of his truly personal craft, techniques and powerful vision.
His conviction to his art shows in every single piece.
I have always admired & looked up to him as an artist, and I worship his leather work. I vividly remember how he was practically pilloried in the late 1980's / early 90's for not putting on regular fashion shows and for not following the industry's increasingly hectic and seemingly perverse scheduling. What? As if Alaïa should compete with large scale "luxury" lines? (made increasingly in China, Slovakia or elsewhere?) That Alaïa should compete with anybody for that matter! The quote at the end of Style.com's review says it all...